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A Global Call to Action (NYC)

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Join the Psychology Department, the Office of International Programs and Services, and various world psychology organizations on Monday, February 8, for a symposium and special keynote address from Saths Cooper, PhD.

On Monday, February 8, the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ Psychology Department invites you to join them in the Student Union from 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. for the symposium “Psychological Science and Violence: A Global Call to Action”.

Co-sponsored by the University’s Office of International Programs and Services, the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the World Council of Psychotherapy, the symposium will feature Clinical Psychologist and leader in the anti-apartheid movement Saths Cooper, PhD, with discussion from Sonia Suchday, PhD; Ava Thompson, PhD; and Oscar Barbarin, PhD. Former Pace Professor Florence Denmark, PhD, will deliver the symposium’s opening introduction. A reception will follow the symposium from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Saths Cooper, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, an extra-ordinary professor at the University of Pretoria, and an honorary professor at the University of Limpopo. He is one of the founders of Black Consciousness in South Africa (SA); he played a key role in the anti-apartheid struggle in SA and internationally, in the advent of democracy in SA, and in the unification and ascendancy of psychology, youth and community reconstruction, and development during and after apartheid. He was banned and placed under house-arrest at the age of 22, and has been jailed for extended periods of time. He was the first accused in the seminal South African Students’ Organization/Black People’s Convention trial in Pretoria and spent more than five years in Robben Island, in the same cellblock as former President Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, and Walter Sisulu. In 1988, Cooper was declared a “victim of gross human rights violations” by SA's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, chaired by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Cooper was the first national director of the Institute for Multi-Party Democracy, which engaged with political parties across the spectrum in 1991 leading up to the CODESA negotiated settlement. He was the executive director of The Family Institute that established the first national toll-free 24/7 multilingual (violence) helpline, and ran numerous violence intervention, skills training, public awareness, and policy advocacy programs in the run-up to SA's first democratic elections in 1994. Cooper is the recipient of many citations and awards, is relied upon by foreign and SA agencies, institutions, and leaders to advise and inform them on socio-economic-political developments in SA, and facilitates foreign and local investment and development in SA.

To RSVP to the symposium "Psychological Science and Violence: A Global Call to Action," e-mail Denise Moreno at